There it is, in black and white! Everything everyone's dreaded since the demise of the late Emir, Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah (May he rest in Peace). Income tax, as reported by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed, is coming to Kuwait, for the first time since the establishment of the State of Kuwait back in the early '60's.
No surprise, really. I've always argued that Taxation is the best thing for a consumer-oriented society like Kuwait. When we travel overseas and find how nice and neat the parks and roads are, and how efficiently the housing development projects turn out to be, or how efficient the utilities are to the consumers, it comes as a shock to see similar levels of service being offered in Kuwait for free. Made me wonder "until when will we live in a tax-free environment AND enjoy free water & electricity?" I guess I just found my answer.
Let's hope the new taxation laws take into account the rising cost of consumables, the average increase of GDP income, the utilities shortages, and the lack of proper roadworks in town!